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Published 9:12 a.m. ET Sept. 20, 2019 | Updated 9:31 a.m. ET Sept. 20, 2019CLOSEWeek 3 is here, and it features some enticing matchups (Ravens-Chiefs) and some potential duds (Dolphins-Cowboys, Jets-Patriots).Let’s take a closer look:Week 3’s best and brightestAbout last night:Jaguars 20, Titans 7 — It’s only Week 3, but Tennessee’s emphatic Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns is starting to feel like a long time ago. The Titans had a rough go of it Thursday night against the Jaguars, who have to be excited to have drafted Gardner Minshew in the sixth round of this year’s draft.Quick look at Week 3: Game of the Week: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs — This showdown of unbeaten teams should be an offensive showcase featuring two of the league’s most talented young passers, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. Sneaky-good Game of the Week: Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts — The Colts will rely on their run game and defense to keep the Falcons’ high-octane offense off the field. This game will provide a good measuring stick for both squads.Blowout Game of the Week: Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys — Poor Josh Rosen. The Dolphins turn to the second-year QB after being outscored 102-10 in their previous two games.Sunday Ticket Game of the Week: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers — The 49ers are 2-0 … are they for real? The Steelers are 0-2 and have a quarterback making his first career NFL start … is there reason for concern?Survivor Pool Game of the Week: Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings — Kirk Cousins had a horrific Week 2, but returns to the friendly confines of U.S. Bank Stadium to face a Raiders team that starts a brutal 48-day road run that includes a trip to London before its next game in Oakland on Nov. 3. Full disclosure: The previous picks have been been the Ravens (Week 1) and Texans (Week 2).TOP PICS: Jaguars-Titans | Cheerleaders | NFL at 100Week 3 essentials: Picks, rankings and moreWeek 3 picks: USA TODAY Sports’ panel of experts has provided fans with the great public service of making prognostications for every NFL game this weekend.Power rankings: See how each team stands entering Week 2. You might be able to predict which team is rated at No. 32.Ranking the 2-0 teams: This exercise separates the contenders from the pretenders among those squads that have opened the season unblemished.Ranking the 0-2 teams: There are nine winless teams. Do any of them have any hope of reaching the postseason?Can Dolphins coach survive to enjoy the good times? It seems like a stretch that first-year Miami coach Brian Flores will still be the coach when the team’s bounty of draft picks theoretically turns the Dolphins back into winners.The Dolphins don’t ‘suck’, apparently: Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has been the coach of an 0-16 team. And he knows that team came out and fought every week. He expects nothing less from this year’s Dolphins in Week 3.What do Jalen Ramsey, Lamar Jackson and Kirk Cousins have in common?: Their only current connection (that we know of) is that our Mike Jones breaks down the latest with each star player in his weekend column for Week 3.Can Big Ben bounce back? Joe Montana thinks so: USA TODAY Sports’ Jarrett Bell talked to the legendary QB, who had his own issues with an elbow injury, about the prospects of Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger getting back to his old form.Antonio Brown sends ‘threatening’ texts: Just hours after Antonio Brown spoke to the media for the first time since joining the Patriots, Sports Illustrated reported that the wide receiver had send ‘intimidating and threatening’ text messages to one of his accusers.Unbeaten Cowboys getting key defensive player back: Robert Quinn is done serving a two-game suspension and is ready to make his Dallas debut Sunday.Eli Manning’s run with Giants might be over: The Giants have named rookie Daniel Jones the starter, relegating a potential Hall of Famer to backup duty. Manning deserved better than this, Mike Jones writes. Saints, Steelers must take hard look at future: Injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger will shake up playoff races, and give their respective teams something to think about moving forward, Jarrett Bell writes.’Stay off Tom’: Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan said a referee told him to “stay off Tom” — “Tom” is Tom Brady — after a legal hit in Week 2. Want to see video of the hit? Of course you do, and it’s hard to find any fault in what McMillan did on the play.Fantasy football: Get your lineup rightAs always, we’re here to help you with your most important weekly decision: Setting that fantasy football lineup.Fantasy rankings for Week 3: For your convenience, these position-by-position rankings were updated for this week’s games.4 fantasy things to know for Week 3: Listen up, especially if you have Michael Thomas and JuJu Smith-Schuster on your roster and you’re freaking out because Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees are hurt.Studs, duds and sleepers: Here we examine players with good matchups (Josh Allen), bad matchups (Jared Goff) and non-stars you might want to consider starting (Mason Rudolph).Waiver wire: If you’re not actively investigating which players are available, you’re doing fantasy football wrong. Here are some players who — if not already on somebody else’s team — you should consider picking up.Sizzlers and fizzlers: Consider this your fantasy football stock report.Week 3 schedule(All times Eastern)ThursdayJaguars 20, Titans 7SundayCincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)New York Jets at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)MondayChicago Bears at Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)#NFL100As the NFL celebrates its 100th season, we are unveiling our all-time 100 lists: Greatest players ever for every team: The USA TODAY Sports Network unveils the best players for each NFL team. 100 greatest teams in league history: 1972 Miami Dolphins. 1985 Chicago Bears. 2007 New England Patriots. 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers. 1996 Green Bay Packers. 1989 San Francisco 49ers. 1920 Akron Pros. Which is the greatest ever? Greatest players ever by jersey number: From No. 00 Jim Otto to No. 99 J.J. Watt, these are the best players at 100 different uniform numbers. Greatest players from HBCU programs: The HBCU schools have a storied history and have produced many Pro Football Hall of Famers. These are the 100 greatest NFL players from HBCU programs.   100 biggest draft busts ever: The NFL draft has an extensive history of top picks who would only be remembered as busts. NFL’s best and worst uniforms ever: Throughout the NFL’s history, there have been some fantastic uniforms, and there are some that have been widely scorned.NFL Facebook group: Join now!If you love talking football (and who doesn’t, amirite?), we have the perfect spot for you. Join our Facebook Group, The Ruling Off the Field, to engage in friendly debate and conversation with fellow football fans and our NFL insiders.Life at the bottomYou’ve come this far, so this is your reward. Here are some awesome images celebrating #NFL100.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideEnjoy your football-filled weekend!Want to keep this conversation going? Head to Facebook, and/or give a Twitter follow to your friendly neighborhood football guy who put together this newsletter,​​​​ @jimreineking.

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